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Celebs Mourn Death of Aretha Franklin: Long Live The Queen of Soul

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by G. Brown

After a week in which fans worldwide have been sending up  words of hope and prayer  on behalf of Aretha Franklin,  the legendary singer’s amazing song of life has reached its final note.

The 76-year old Franklin died  Thursday morning at her Detroit home according to her publicist.  The official cause of death was advanced pancreatic cancer. Franklin’s family released the following statement…”In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family,”

Franklin’s health had been the source of numerous rumors in recent years after the singer’s weight loss offered visible cues that something was wrong.  Even as rumors mounted, Franklin denied reports of battling a terminal disease in 2011 and continued performing through this year until her declining health would no longer allow her to take center stage.

But to fans, including legions of singers inspired by Aretha’s powerhouse vocals, the 18 time Grammy award winner will always be center stage in their memories.

Some fans like TV producer Shonda Rhimes’ sorrow was so heavy she could only utter one word…

While other fans were simply reduced to tears…

But few posts were more endearing and uplifting than that of former President Barack Obama’s…

From country music to classical, Franklin’s voice broke through walls of color and socio-economic barriers to touch people’s hearts and souls.  Her songs moved masses to sway, swoon and even brought one President(Obama) to tears.  Hers was a voice that will never be duplicated or a talent that will ever be surpassed.

We here at TRN extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and fans of Aretha Franklin.  Rest in Paradise Queen of Soul.

In tribute, here’s the Queen of Soul bringing down the house at the Kennedy Centers honors.

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